My 2012 Book List

Photo courtesy of Claire Brocato

I’ve put off posting my booklist for 2012 because I keep making changes to it, reviewing it, making more changes, and so on.  Stifling personal progress!  So I went back to my original list, am sticking with it, and finally posting it today.

I love to read other people’s book lists and many of those lists  inspired me while I created mine.  Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom has been instrumental in motivating me to create and stick with my 2012 Goals (which I’ve not posted, but will do this coming week).  Crystal writes about public accountability (posting yearly and weekly goals) and how this helps her stick to her goals–I think highly of this concept.  I liken it to public shaming (although I don’t think that’s what Crystal has in mind) and I’d like to avoid that.  She also shares her book lists each year which encourage me as well.

My book list plays a large role in my goals for the year–each group of books offers me something different; outlets with inspiration, education, motivation.  And as I work on my disciplined life and accountability, my hope is that at least some of these books aid me in my quest to meet this year’s goals.

I’m including 34 books on my list.   A few of the books are short e-books and quick reads (I don’t own an e-reader, but I downloaded the Kindle for PC software for free which enables me to read the short e-books).  A couple are cookbooks (I read more cookbooks in bed than I do novels).  In addition, I’ll read other books that grab my attention throughout the year, but I’m “committing” to just those on my list.

Many of these books have been on my bookshelves for some time while others come highly recommended or have been on my mental book list for years.  I’ve requested the ones I don’t own from my public library–I can’t say enough positive things about the library.  I do miss the Dewey Decimal System though.  Remember those card catalogs?

Without further ado (because I’ll change it if I don’t hurry up already) here is my 2012 Book list.

Faith, Family, & Parenting

Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson (I’m hoping her books are as amazing as I’ve heard they are!)

Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment by Linda Dillow (Highly recommended by so many.  Can’t wait to begin this one)

The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity by Meg Meeker

The Me Project: 21 Days to Living the Life You’ve Always Wanted by Kathi Lipp (I hear so many wonderful things about Kathi’s books.  Had to put a couple on my list)

The Husband Project: 21 Days of Loving Your Man–on Purpose and with a Plan by Kathi Lipp

Don’t Make Me Come Up There! by Kristen Welch

Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families by Sarah Clarkson

Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson

Homemanagement & Homemaking

One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider (e-book)

Plan It, Don’t Panic by Stephanie Langford (e-book)

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider (e-book)

Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson

A Life That Says Welcome by Karen Ehman

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Cooking Magazine  (I read the magazine in bed so why not the book?)

The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook


One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton ( I need closure.  Sadly, this trial consumed me and I.need.closure)

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (yay!)

Persuasion  by Jane Austen(re-read)

Best of Stillmeadow by Gladys Taber (So tough to find her books!)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson  (started, but never finished)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier (A little light-hearted fun)

Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (I’ve resisted this one for a long time, but since a copy sits on my shelf I’m giving it a shot)

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout

Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty by Robert K. Massie (A trip to Russia piqued my interest)

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Finances & Budgeting

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey (I’ve listened to and watched Dave as well as followed some of his writing, but I want to dive into his books this year.)

The Money Answer Book by Dave Ramsey

Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey

The Money Class by Suze Orman (I’ve always liked her straightforward style and money smarts.)

The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine

I’d be thrilled if you shared books you are reading/plan to read this year, some of your favorite reads, or thoughts and feedback on books on my list.  If you’d like to provide a link to your book list, I urge you to do so!

Photo courtesy of the talented Claire Brocato.  Thanks, Claire!


  1. It seems like you are really into accountability, so here’s something for you – finish The Me Project or The Husband Project and blog about it, and I will send you one of my new books (Praying God’s Word for Your Husband or The Get Yourself Organized Solution) when they come out in May or June!

  2. Way to make my day, Kathi! I would love that “challenge” and thank you for stopping by! And congratulations on your newest books…I know some gals who will be happy to hear they have new Kathi Lipp books to look forward to this summer!

  3. I love your blog’s name – we had to sell our cottage and it was the perfect place to read!

    Here is an amazing sounding book I just spotted a review of – food for thought, to be sure. -s

    Kirkus Reviews, Jan. 2012

    “The Jesus Life: From Soldier and Savior to Madman”
    by Christiane Gwillimbury

    After the success of her book on Henry Kissinger, history professor Christiane Gwillimbury has turned her attention to saving a much over-written subject from Sunday School yawns and the ancient classics doldrums.

    In her new and surprisingly short treatise on all things Jesus, the longtime Harvard board director says it is common knowledge among elite scholars that the character of Jesus was based on a member of Julius Caesar’s immediate family, Lucius Caesar, and she wants to let the public enjoy the tale of what life had in store for young Lucius, who was born around seventy years before the fictionalized Jesus’ birth.

    As soon as he was born, the fair-haired Lucius was the focus of much attention in the royal household in Rome. While the idea of a democratic republic has been played-up over time, historical documents support the idea of the Caesar family being an extremely wealthy and powerful monarchy running the show through a partly concealed network of allied cousins, switched babies, and disguised sibling or even parent-child marriages. This unsavory practice of incest and inbreeding was done in an organized attempt to maintain and mix certain traits, talents, and appearances within a single, cunningly ambitious family.

    And Lucius was the golden boy with just the characteristics they had been attempting to produce in a future con-artist religious leader cum multilingual surgeon, one who could pass for a native of northwestern Europe or a rabid Jew. Many in the family were writers, talented at legal arguments and fiction writing alike, which is why, Gwillimbury insists, the story of the real man behind the Jesus icon is so endlessly fascinating. It’s not just the amazing life Lucius lived as a Roman prince shuttled off to Egypt as a baby to hide the brother-sister incest between Caesar’s teen kids that had produced him, and to protect his future use as a double-agent facilitating Roman conquests, all the way to his final act in the wilds of Scotland as an unhinged medical experimenter upsetting the locals by snatching their children to perform surgery on, in the ominous Hermitage Castle, but it’s the effect of looking back on the real man through the eyes of all he’s been made to represent that gives his life story such dimension.

    While Gwillimbury understands there may still be a few ardent believers out there who will upset at the evidence that the fictional Jesus, floating miracles and all, was just a whimsical creation of talented Roman novelists out to invent a religion that would tame their Druidic cousins into easing up control over the coveted tin mines in Britain, she feels most people have enough common sense to appreciate his rich narrative value. The Caesar family were powerful and ruthless enough to not only make up such a cunning tale to help in their ongoing campaign of “dignified” land theft, but Gwillimbury includes historical documents that clearly show the Caesars stayed in power and are still in power, hence the logic of their current understanding, as the celebrated authors, experts, artists, and leaders of the world today, of the truth behind the many concocted global religions that the author feels should be let out of the bag and enjoyed for the interesting tales behind their inventors.

    And she’s not alone in thinking it’s time. Which is why tv shows and films alike (produced with the same wealth dug up out of those tin mines in Cornwall, and added to the even more ancient Atlantean coffers transferred out of Egypt through Julia’s concrete ventures with Mark Anthony, aka Herod, in Jerusalem, then on to Byzantium, London, and eventually Washinton DC, if one can keep track of Gwillimbury’s detailed financial accounting) are continually pushing the bounds of secrecy and morality by basing their plots on the factual events of Lucius Caesar’s life, updated for modern times and serving as a modern version of the overblown Roman tributes of 70 BCE.

    For example. the popular television medical drama “House”, Gwillimbury reveals, is a charmed-up portrayal of Lucius in later years, his leg damaged by an injury that occurred after he helped assassinate his grandfather Julius under the identity of Roman political strategist Brutus, his looks shot by years of opium addiction as Saint Paul, King Lud, and others, and his final, brutal, eager cutting open of bodies on the Hermitage property, for the sake of passionate but untethered medical investigation, landing him in a Scottish prison, written up as Bad Lord Soulis (a simple pun on Lucius, Gwillimbury points out in her chapter on Jesus wordplay and Christ codes), a titillating myth of the medieval 1200’s.

    Literary sagas and even kids’ nursery rhymes like to touch, as a rule, on as many aspects of his life as possible, including the so-called romance between Lucius and his mother Julia, aka Mark and Mary Magdalene, a few years after the crucifixion, when they conceived a child together as an attempt to secure their individual fortunes back in Rome after a lengthy exile in France and Britain, where many of the biblical texts attributed to the two were written.

    Gwillimbury frequently turns to many of Lucius’ own philosophical writings to help explain his life choices, published in Greek under the pen name Lucian of Samosata. (Yet another example of how far-flung his presence in our culture is, she makes a solid argument for the meteoric success of painter Jean-Michel Basquiat being partly due to his graffiti-artist tag, Samo.) Humorous, philosophical, and even, yes, redemptive, Lucius was just a man after all, struggling to enjoy what he could of a life that had been harshly shaped from the get-go by his family’s insistence on pushing him to not only be a talented con-artist, but a master of emotional leverage as well – leading to the seemingly divine and yet absurdly impatient teenager who, between the ages of 17 and 20, delivered an amazing performance as Yesho, the Jewish prophet, and yet sometimes couldn’t resist giving as a reply, when pushed to explain why his exorbitantly illogical teachings should be believed, a resounding, “Because I said so.”

    “The Jesus Life: From Soldier and Savior to Madman” is 242 pages, published in 2012 by Canofworms Press, an imprint of Random House.


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